Confusion of Tongues

“But when that which is PERFECT is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” V - Confusion of Tongues introduction. 10. “Perfect” does not here refer to Christ, as some would have you to believe. “This adjective (used as a noun) is in the neuter gender. Therefore, it is a reference to the finished (perfect) or completed Word of God. If it referred to Christ, it would be in the masculine gender.” (Bellshaw, William G. 1963)[1]

The Confusion of Tongues has been a daring and bold article having to do with issues of the personality, and the more refined technical issues having to do with transference and counter-transference.  Anyone can speak in gibberish, which can be misunderstood or be interpreted differently by a second person. It is a gift that would let you speak in another language without the opportunity to learn that language by ordinary means. An experience which seems genuine has been thrust into the lives of many Christians causing them to misapprehend the message of God’s Word concerning the Holy Spirit’s ministry among men. In the last few years a number of Bible students have been bestowing the gift of tongues upon the church. Some even feel that the Holy Spirit has bestowed this gift upon them and that they have spoken in tongues.

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These events remind us that we must again search the Word of God so that neither our practices nor our desires will be outside of the limits of the Bible. If it were the normal thing to expect the manifestation of this gift, certainly Paul would have given instructions for its use in such epistles as Ephesians (which deals with the body of Christ), Philippians (which deals with the Christian’s walk), and the pastoral epistles (which deal with the order in the church). Yet in these books no reference is made to this gift. This in itself should give cause for a careful consideration of the place of tongues in the church today.

Reference:

Bellshaw, William G. (1963). “The Confusion of Tongues.” Bibliotheca Sacra, Vol. 120 (April-June), 147-148. Retrieved from the web: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/tongues/apendix1.htm

[1] http://www.baptistpillar.com/bd0495.htm

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